Quinton Spain, a five-year veteran guard, is on the open market.
The Bills signed Spain to a three-year deal in 2020, but released him only six games into his contract.
Whether they want to admit it or not, the Bengals need fresh faces on the offensive line. Could Spain help protect Joe Burrow?
Spain has a PFF grade of 60.6 so far this season. That’s not fantastic, but Alex Redmond has the highest grade of players who are healthy and have played right guard this year, and it’s only 52.3.
Last season, Spain only earned a 55.4 grade, but only committed four penalties and gave up no sacks in over one thousand snaps.
Spain has only played 107 snaps this season. The Bengals have almost played 450 total snaps on offense this year. He will come in with lingering health issues, which will be a little concerning. He may not be a solution to play right away, which is what the Bengals need. Hopefully, Xavier Su’a-filo will be activated from IR in the next few weeks, and can resume his role in the offensive line. If Spain can’t play right away, as he was on the injury report in Week 6, then it may not be worth signing him.
The Bengals hardly ever go for free agents at offensive line, especially mid-season. The last time they added a linemen was Fred Johnson. He looked promising in his single start last season, but was a mess when he was thrust in at right guard this season.
The Bengals and Bills have a strange, intertwined history over the last few years. Could Spain be the next event in their conjoined timelines? Should the Bengals sign Spain?